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I did part 1 of this a long, long, time ago but never quite got to part 2.
In the last post, I basically said that we should bow to the weaker brother and let him have his ritual. If he thinks that we must be baptized by triune immersion in a lake, then let him get baptized that way. If he thinks all Christians should abstain from alcohol, then don’t crack open an ice-cold Corona with a lime wedge in front of him.
In the non-essentials of faith, let the weaker brother abstain. Don’t try to talk him out of it. Don’t insist on giving him a glass of wine, stay clear of it in front of him as well. Don’t force him to use a baptismal, offer to drive him to a lake yourself.
But, there are times when you have to come after fellow Christians and tell them they are wrong.
For example, in my extended review of John Shelby Spong’s Sins of Scripture (part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5, part 6, part 7), I handed the good bishop his butt. I fought for the traditional deposit of faith, above Spong’s redefinition of all the terms. I did that because, as James White often says, the gospel is ours to proclaim, not to edit. Spong completely changes what it means to be a Christian, and how a Christian ought to approach the Scriptures.
Spong basically denies every fundamental of the faith that I listed in the previous post, to wit:
- Existence of God as a Trinity
- Preeminence of Christ over his creation
- Mankind fell into sin, and is now utterly enslaved to it
- Death of Jesus making atonement for the sins of mankind
- Resurrection of Jesus on the third day
- Future return of Christ to judge the living and the dead
Currently, a Christian is doing this same thing to me, here. I might be wrong, because I’m not infallible. I believe that faith is more than belief, that it is also good works. In other words, faith is loyalty to God manifested by both belief and good works. Mike, however, doesn’t think so. We are both trying to come to some sort of common ground with each other.
Which raises the question: When do I get to call an error “error?”
I think there are three categories of theological error. Let’s discuss them. Read the rest of this entry